How I fell in love with Genova

It doesn’t take long to fall in love with an Italian city. But I have to share how I fell in love with Genova. This historic port city in Liguria was one of my top places to visit in the winter of 2018. Genova is an underrated gem in the region of Liguria that is filled with delicious things to eat and interesting things to do. I only had a few hours to see the city and I wasn’t complaining. 

How I fell in love with Genova

Famous for spectacular views of the sea and it’s endless line of palazzi, Genova is known for being vibrant with it’s historic shops, delicious food and rugged caruggi (streets). If you don’t already know, Genova is historically important because it is the birthplace of Christopher Columbus!

Additionally, it has a line of mouth watering simple food up its alley! Every corner of Genova speaks food. If you’re traveling to the city, don’t miss the focaccia (needs no introduction), farinata (flatbread made of chickpea, water and olive oil) and the fresh seafood.

Here are some pictures to show you all that yummy-ness and also all how I fell in love with Genova. 


Piazza de Ferrari


San Lorenzo Cathedral


An antique bookstore


An ancient Candy Store


Pasticceria Klainguti from 1828!


A colorful Cinquecento #fiat500


Seafood galore


Always look up at the details of Genova’s Palazzo


I forgot to go inside


Piazza dei Trugoli di Santa Brigida



Bar Cavo

If you have a few hours in Genova, don’t come with any agenda except to wander around and eat. Furthermore, read this blog post by Slow Italy and find yourself uncovering the city layer by layer.

What to See in Genova (choose!):

  • Piazza de Ferrari 
  • Palazzo San Giorgi
  • Palazzo Reale
  • Port of Genova
  • Piazza dei Trugoli di Santa Brigida
  • Cathedral of San Lorenzo
  • Le Strade Nuove

Where to Eat in Genova:

  • Cantiere Goloso for delicious Focaccia: Piazza delle Fontane Marose 5
  • Sà Pesta for a no frills service and sumptuous farinata: Via dei Giustiniani, 16/R
  • Bar Cavo for coffee: Via Balbi, 169 r
  • Pasticceria Klainguti for more coffee and pastries: Piazza di Soziglia, 98
  • Gelateria ProfumoVico Superiore del Ferro, 14

Additionally, my personal suggestion is to eat anything with “PESTO” in it. I personally found the area around the San Lorenzo Cathedral costlier than most so I strongly suggest anywhere but there! Genova is wildly underrated and fascinating!

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  • Carmela (Bellissimamma)
    August 5, 2019 at 3:05 pm

    We’re going to Genoa for Ferragosto! Thanks for the recommendations. Pesto and farina xoxoxo #dolcevitabloggers

    • Italophilia
      August 10, 2019 at 11:39 am

      That’s wonderful bella!! Enjoy 💚💚

  • boosdiet
    August 9, 2018 at 1:14 am

    Must travel to Trieste.great city

  • Kristie Prada
    July 16, 2018 at 6:19 pm

    Love this, looks like such a lovely city! Did you choose this as it’s your idea of ‘la dolce vita? I can see why. Some cities just capture you and you can imagine living there.

    • Italophilia
      July 16, 2018 at 8:12 pm

      Yes I did but I had no idea I’d love it so much 😉

  • Rochelle Del Borrello
    July 14, 2018 at 8:59 pm

    Yes, Genova is a real hidden gem, not that touristy apart for being the home of Christopher Columbus so it’s such a wonderfully authentic place to explore. One of my fave movies set in Italy is A Summer in Genova, starring Colin Firth from a few years ago, it is a bit of a sad slow moving story but it’s worth seeing for its depiction of the city. Thanks for sharing your love for this city.

    • Italophilia
      July 14, 2018 at 10:52 pm

      Absolutely agree on it being a hidden gem. Although there were a lot of Japanese tourists 😉 I haven’t heard of this movie but I’ll definitely check it out. Thanks for reading, cara!

  • Kelly
    July 13, 2018 at 11:28 pm

    You know how much I love Liguria! Genova is another city I must explore someday, especially for the food! ahaha 😉

    • Italophilia
      July 14, 2018 at 11:49 am

      Hahahha Always for the food 😉

  • Jasmine
    July 13, 2018 at 12:52 pm

    I’ve never been, always just passed but I’m very curious now. It’s had a bad rep in the past but I think it’s changing, it’s always nice to discover things for yourself! Loving the gorgeous photography you have by the way lady! Love, Jasmine of

    • Italophilia
      July 13, 2018 at 3:56 pm

      Thanks so much babe!! Agree, you are the third person to tell me that it had a bad rep in the past :O I wonder why?

  • Carmela
    July 11, 2018 at 5:11 pm

    Genova looks like a magnificent place to visit. The chickpea dish sounds amazing!

    • Italophilia
      July 11, 2018 at 7:42 pm

      It was so delicious! Italy is so diverse 🙂

  • Image Earth Travel
    July 11, 2018 at 12:34 am

    I love Genova, it’s just a beautiful city with a lovely feel and as I have cousins there, I have no excuse to visit again.

    • Italophilia
      July 11, 2018 at 12:07 pm

      I know 🙂 You definitely should!

  • LuLu B - Calabrisella Mia
    July 10, 2018 at 4:28 pm

    I’ll be honest, I’m not that familiar with Genova but after reading this and seeing your pics, it’s definitely a place I’d like to visit! 🙂

    • Italophilia
      July 11, 2018 at 12:08 pm

      I am happy I could change your mind 🙂

  • Lucy and Kelly
    July 10, 2018 at 12:09 pm

    We love the sound of a city that smells so good! The pictures look great, it looks like a fascinating place to explore! 🙂

    Lucy and Kelly xx

    • Italophilia
      July 10, 2018 at 12:10 pm

      Isn’t it?? Thank you for reading ladies. Love your post too!

  • shrishtysays
    July 10, 2018 at 5:40 am

    This place is worth visiting and your description about it is amazing… I have put this place on my list to visit.. Great work

    • Italophilia
      July 10, 2018 at 10:25 am

      Thank you 🙂 I am happy you enjoyed!

  • marilyneb
    July 9, 2018 at 1:49 pm

    I so want to visit Genoa – it’s on a very long to-visit list 😁. A friend has visited and really loved it.

    • Italophilia
      July 10, 2018 at 10:24 am

      You will love it!! I am definitely going again 😉

  • Lorelle
    July 9, 2018 at 11:04 am

    Yay….It’s working(sigh of relief)…I’m back.
    Great post on Genoa lovely. Xx

    • Italophilia
      July 9, 2018 at 11:44 am

      Yay !SIGH here too 😉 Thanks dear.

  • Darlene Foster
    July 9, 2018 at 3:24 am

    I love this city as well. I was happy to just wander. The pesto I brought home from there was the best ever!!

    • Italophilia
      July 9, 2018 at 11:45 am

      You are so close! I hope you can revisit 🙂

  • Fabrizio
    July 9, 2018 at 2:45 am

    Genova is a great city. It’s gritty, unwashed, sometimes downright dodgy, and grand at the same time – not for nothing it’s “La Superba”. It can be direct and carefree as other places in Italy can’t, or won’t, and as you said… food is to die for. Focaccia above all!

    • Italophilia
      July 9, 2018 at 11:43 am

      Thank you Fabrizio! Very well said. I love the nickname too. Foccaccia is to die for 😉

  • Cristina
    July 9, 2018 at 2:29 am

    Genoa sounds lovely, and the thought of pesto per colazione, pranzo e cena is very appealing! I could have sworn the topic this month was ‘culture shock’ so prepared the wrong topic. Uffa! Hopefully the comment will work this time! Ciao, Cristina

    • Italophilia
      July 9, 2018 at 11:42 am

      I am so glad to finally receive your comment 😉 Me too. Pesto is so heartwarming, anytime anyday. I too wrote the wrong post. It’s for nextmonth


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